Harry Potter Wands [Infographic]

by |July 25, 2016

Harry Potter Wands

J.K. Rowling wasn’t the first author to write about witches and wizards and their magic wands. But her attention to detail in describing each wand individually helped to make the “wizarding world” come alive for readers like us. (And, we’re assuming, you!) In the Harry Potter fictional universe, every wand is somewhat sentient and therefore unique. This is because wandmakers craft the wands using different woods, with different lengths, and with different materials in their core. To celebrate Harry’s upcoming birthday (his 36th!) and the release of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book, we bring you this infographic on the most important wands in the Harry Potter franchise!

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Harry Potter Wands Transcription

 

"The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter. It's not always clear why."

-Garrick Ollivander

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series of novels and other media, is known for crafting a "wizarding world" that feels vibrant and alive. This incredible attention to detail means that every magic wand is described differently because every wand is unique. Rowling writes about wands using these properties:

First, the type of wood the wand is made from. This dictates the outward appearance—color and shade—but it also influences how flexible or rigid the wand can be. The wand's flexibility is sometimes (but not always) mentioned by Rowling.

Second, the length of the wand itself. Wands are usually matched with a witch or wizard of the same relative height—long wands for tall wizards, for example—but the length can also hint at the wizard's personality or style of casting magic.

Third, the core material running through the wand. This is usually the hair or antler/horn of an animal or magical creature and affects the wand's power and dependability.

These are the most important wands in the Harry Potter franchise. Note that some wands are of unknown wood, length, and/or core material.

 

Harry Potter

  • Wood: Holly
  • Length: 11"
  • Core: Phoenix Feather

Hermione Granger

  • Wood: Vine
  • Length: 10 3/4"
  • Core: Dragon Heartstring

Ron Weasley's First Wand

  • Wood: Ash
  • Length: 12"
  • Core: Unicorn Hair

Ron Weasley's Second Wand

  • Wood: Willow
  • Length: 14"
  • Core: Unicorn Hair

Albus Dumbledore

  • Wood: Elder
  • Length: 15"
  • Core: Thestral Tail-Hair

Lord Voldemort (Tom Riddle)

  • Wood: Yew
  • Length: 13 1/2"
  • Core: Phoenix Feather

Severus Snape

  • Wood: Unknown
  • Length: Unknown
  • Core: Unknown

Harry Potter's Second Wand

  • Wood: Blackthorn
  • Length: 10"
  • Core: Unknown

Draco Malfoy

  • Wood: Hawthorn
  • Length: 10"
  • Core: Unicorn Hair

Sirius Black

  • Wood: Unknown
  • Length: Unknown
  • Core: Unknown

Rubeus Hagrid

  • Wood: Oak
  • Length: 16"
  • Core: Unknown

Minerva McGonagall

  • Wood: Fir
  • Length: 9 1/2"
  • Core: Dragon Heartstring

Remus Lupin

  • Wood: Cypress
  • Length: 10 1/4"
  • Core: Unicorn Hair

Bellatrix Lestrange

  • Wood: Walnut
  • Length: 12 3/4"
  • Core: Dragon Heartstring

Neville Longbottom

  • Wood: Cherry
  • Length: 13"
  • Core: Unicorn Hair

Ginny Weasley

  • Wood: Yew
  • Length: Unknown
  • Core: Unknown

Luna Lovegood's First Wand

  • Wood: Unknown
  • Length: Unknown
  • Core: Unknown

Luna Lovegood's Second Wand

  • Wood: Unknown
  • Length: Unknown
  • Core: Unknown

James Potter

  • Wood: Mahogany
  • Length: 11"
  • Core: Unknown

Lily Evans Potter

  • Wood: Willow
  • Length: 10 1/4"
  • Core: Unknown

Peter Pettigrew

  • Wood: Chestnut
  • Length: 9 1/4"
  • Core: Dragon Heartstring

Lucius Malfoy

  • Wood: Elm
  • Length: 18"
  • Core: Dragon Heartstring

Dolores Umbridge

  • Wood: Birchwood
  • Length: 8"
  • Core: Dragon Heartstring

Cho Chang

  • Wood: Unknown
  • Length: Unknown
  • Core: Unknown

Fred Weasley

  • Wood: Unknown
  • Length: 14"
  • Core: Unknown

George Weasley

  • Wood: Unknown
  • Length: Unknown
  • Core: Unknown

Cedric Diggory

  • Wood: Ash
  • Length: 12 1/4"
  • Core: Unicorn Hair

Sources: Wikipedia, Harry Potter Wiki, Harry Potter Novels

 

Which wand from Harry Potter is your favorite? Does it belong to your favorite witch or wizard? Let us know in the comments below! And if we skipped any of your favorite wands, tell us why they’re important to you! If you always wanted to cosplay or trick-or-treat as a witch or wizard, remember that we carry Harry Potter costumes for all ages and sizes!

Design Credit: Travis Green

Wyatt Edwards
Wyatt Edwards

Wyatt Edwards is the Internet Wizard at HalloweenCostumes.com, where he is lead editor and writes about superheroes and pop culture. He has been interviewed about costume trends by numerous entertainment and news outlets.

His past costumes include a rocket surgeon, Wikipedia, Optimus Prime, and a picnic. Yes, a picnic. Wyatt also plays Dungeons & Dragons but doesn't put on fancy costumes for that. You can find him on Twitter @whatandwyatt.


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